David Tua
David Tua ONZM (cropped).jpg
Tua in 2019
Real nameFaumuina To'aletai Mafaufau David Tua
  • Tuaman
  • The Tuamanator
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Reach178 cm (70 in)
  • Samoan, New Zealand
Born (1972-11-21) 21 November 1972 (age 50)
Faleatiu/Fasitootai, Samoa
Boxing record
Total fights59
Wins by KO43
Medal record
Men's amateur boxing
Representing  New Zealand
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona Heavyweight
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Sydney Heavyweight
Oceanian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1990 Nukuʻalofa Heavyweight

Faumuina To'aletai Mafaufau David Tua ONZM (born 21 November 1972), best known as David Tua, is a Samoan-New Zealand former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2013. A highly ranked heavyweight contender for most of his career, Tua was known for his formidable punching power, especially in his devastating left hook. He scored sixteen wins by knockout in the first round, which included knockouts of world heavyweight champions John Ruiz and Michael Moorer within thirty seconds of the first round, as well as late stoppages of world champions Oleg Maskaev and Hasim Rahman. He was ranked by BoxRec in the world's top 10 heavyweights from 1996 to 2003, reaching his highest ranking of No.3 in 1998.[1] Tua ended his career with a knockout-to-win ratio of 82.6%. In a 2003 article by The Ring magazine, Tua was ranked 48th on a list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.[2]

Nicknamed the "Tuamanator", his fast-paced bob and weave pressure fighting style has often drawn comparisons to Mike Tyson. Tua fought many of the best boxers of his era and challenged once for the unified world heavyweight title against Lennox Lewis in 2000. In his five professional losses, Tua was never subject to a stoppage, and possessed one of the most durable chins of his time.[3]

Early life

Tua said that he lived with four brothers, four sisters and ten other relatives while growing up. Tua said that his mother worked three jobs, and Tua said that his father worked long hours.[4] Tua said that his father forced him to start boxing when he was seven years old, and Tua said that he is grateful to his father for introducing him to boxing.[5]

Amateur career

In his early career, Tua trained three days a week at a small gym in Mangere Bridge, under boxing trainer Gerry Preston.[6] Tua became New Zealand national heavyweight champion in 1988 at age 15.[7]

At the age of 19 Tua won a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He lost his semi-final to David Izonritei, whom he would later knock out as a professional.[7] Tua turned professional later the same year.


Amateur career breakdown:[8]

 Bronze at the 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona, Spain (Heavyweight (– 91 kg))

Qualified at the 1992 National Olympic Trials, Apia, Samoa (Heavyweight)

 Bronze at the 1991 World Championships, Sydney, Australia (Heavyweight)

 Gold at the 1991 New Zealand Championships (Heavyweight)

1990 Junior World Championships, Lima, Peru (Heavyweight)

 Gold at the 1990 Oceanian Championships, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga (Heavyweight)

 Gold at the 1990 New Zealand Championships (Heavyweight)

 Gold at the 1989 New Zealand Championships (Heavyweight)

 Gold at the 1986 New Zealand Juniors Championships (Juniormiddleweight)

Professional career

See also: Lennox Lewis vs. David Tua

Tua debuted in December 1992. Of his first 27 fights, 23 were won by knockout.[9]

In Tua's 1997 fight against Ike Ibeabuchi, the two fighters combined to set the record for most punches thrown in a heavyweight fight on record. Ibeabuchi won the decision, handing Tua his first professional loss. Prior to this, Tua had scored devastating knockouts against future titlist John Ruiz (via 1st-round KO, in only 19 seconds) and Darroll Wilson. Tua also beat David Izon and future champion Oleg Maskaev to set up the fight with Ibeabuchi. After the loss to Ibeabuchi, Tua took on future champ Hasim Rahman and TKO'd Rahman in the 10th round. The victory over Rahman marked the beginning of Tua's struggles with his weight. He ballooned up to 253 pounds when he defeated Obed Sullivan in 2000 by KO. Later that year, he weighed 245 pounds in the loss to Lennox Lewis. Tua was disappointing in the fight, with both fighters avoiding each other and Tua not throwing combinations. Tua lost a clear-cut decision.

The fight with Lewis was for the WBC, IBF, & IBO heavyweight titles and took place in November 2000. Tua lost on points by a wide margin.

Following the Lewis loss, Tua regained steam with a KO over Danell Nicholson but lost by a close decision in his next fight to future champion Chris Byrd. In 2002 he beat prospect Fres Oquendo and demolished Michael Moorer in his next fight with a powerful shot 30 seconds into the first round, which put Moorer out cold. In 2003 he drew in a 12-round rematch with Rahman.

2005 comeback

Tua was inactive for over two years before he stepped into the ring on 31 March 2005 and bested Talmadge Griffis in a 10-round bout—ending the match and earning a TKO victory with 26 seconds remaining.[10] Tua's next contest in October 2005 ended in a split decision over Cisse Salif with Tua dominating in the late rounds.[11]

Tua defeated Edward Gutierrez by knockout in the fourth round of a scheduled 10-rounder on 26 July 2006. The fight was held at the Manhattan Center ballroom in New York City, and featured on ESPN2. Tua started slowly, scored a knockdown with his famous left hook in the second round, and put Gutierrez down for the count in the fourth round with a combination of two left hooks, one to the head and the decisive one to the body.[12]

In November 2006 Tua defeated Maurice Wheeler in the seventh round of a scheduled 10-rounder by knockout. Tua ended the bout with a solid left uppercut to the body which immediately sent the howling Wheeler to the canvas.[13]

Tua continued his comeback in February 2007 with a unanimous decision over Robert Hawkins in a 10-round bout. Tua ended the match being the aggressor and hurt Hawkins in both the ninth and tenth rounds with body punches, but was unable to end the match with a knockout.[14]

Tua, looking in good shape and weighing in at 237½ lbs (his lightest fight weight since 2001), was featured as the main event of a Pay Per View show[15] on 18 August 2007 in Sandy, Utah and ended the bout quickly with a first-round knockout of Mexican champion Saul Montana. Tua threw two powerful left hooks to the head that sent Montana sprawling to the canvas giving Tua his sixth win in a row.[16]

Tua, again looking in good shape and weighing in at 234 lbs, fought the unheralded Cerrone Fox at the Soaring Eagle Casino, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on 7 September 2007. Tua made short work of his over matched opponent ending the bout at 1:41 of the second round.

While Tua's promoter, Cedric Kushner, stated Tua was scheduled to fight an opponent on 18 October 2007,[17] the fight never materialized.

2009 comeback

Main article: David Tua vs Shane Cameron

Tua fought fellow New Zealander Shane Cameron at Mystery Creek, Hamilton on 3 October 2009 with Tua knocking Cameron out seven seconds into the second round to pick up the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Heavyweight titles. The promoters for the fight were John McRae and David Higgins of Duco Events. The fight had been scheduled for an earlier date, but was delayed due to Cameron having surgery on a fractured hand.[18]

On 31 March 2010 Tua fought Friday Ahunanya, winning on points after 12 rounds. The fight promoters for this fight were again John McRae and David Higgins of Duco Events.

The Tua-Barrett fight had been tentatively scheduled for 26 June in São Paulo, Brazil. However, the fight was moved to 17 July at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City in a bid to promote David Tua's career in the United States. At 38 years old, Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) was viewed by some as an easy opponent for Tua as he had lost his previous three fights. The match was a controversial draw with Tua being knocked down for the first time in his professional career late in the 12th round.[19]

Tua fought Demetrice King on 19 March 2011.[20] Tua defeated King by unanimous decision with the scores of 100–91, 100–91, and 100–90.[21]

Tua's rematch against Monte Barrett on 13 August 2011 resulted in a unanimous points decision going in favour of Barrett. The judges scored the bout 113–112, 115–112, and 115–112.

In December 2011, it emerged that Monte Barrett tested positive for banned stimulant methylhexanamine following a urine test after his 13 August points decision over Tua. Tua's lawyer, Blair Edwards, called for action against the 40-year-old New Yorker requesting the return of Tua's WBO Asia-Pacific and Oriental titles and the restoration of ranking points.[22]

2013 comeback and retirement

In June 2013 it was confirmed that Tua was once again getting back into the ring. Belarusian Alexander Ustinov defeated him by unanimous points decision, following which he announced his retirement from professional boxing.[23] Ringside Report were mixed in their evaluation of his career, referring to him as "one of the best heavyweights never to win a world title".[24]

Outside the ring

Tua (right) with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a political rally, 2017
Tua (right) with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a political rally, 2017

On 10 October 1992 Tua appeared on the New Zealand version of the gameshow Wheel of Fortune. He had asked for an "O for Olsen" (possibly a reference to Olsen Filipaina) but this was heard by some (and widely reported) as "O for awesome".[25][26] He requested "P" when buying a vowel on the same episode.[27] He was also heard to ask if he could buy a "constonant" during the same show.

From 1992 to 2003, Tua was managed by former boxer Kevin Barry, who also trained him from 2001. But in 2003, Tua ended his business relationship with Barry and financial manager Martin Pugh. Though Barry accepted his dismissal as trainer, he resisted Tua's decision to end their contract, which still had two years to go. In 2004, Tua's accountant learned that the boxer's finances with his boxing company, Tuaman Inc. Ltd., were tangled with company expenses; Tua no longer has most of his $NZ 20 million in purses from his professional matches, and important assets Tua thought he owned alone were anything but, including a piece of coastal land at Pakiri. Tuaman Inc. Ltd had business expenses flowing in various directions, involving companies and clients Tua had no knowledge of. Tua's own home was purchased with borrowed money, and the boxer's purses were linked to renovation costs for Martin Pugh's property. These findings were based on documents from Pugh's offices.

In 2005 Tua took Kevin Barry and Martin Pugh to court over their business arrangements. Barry and Pugh accused Tua of manipulating them to collect revenue, yet Tua maintained that he knew little of the men's affairs and did what they told him to do out of trust. The dispute gave both sides legal victories: over the issue of the coastal land property, the court ruled in favor of Barry and Pugh, since Tua failed to properly clarify his ownership over the land; on the issue of the terminated 2003 contract, the court ruled in Tua's favour, concluding he clearly owed no expenses to his former management from that contract. In October 2009, it was reported in The New Zealand Herald that the parties had settled all previously unresolved matters arising from the protracted litigation.[28]

In May 2007, Cedric Kushner, president of Gotham Boxing Inc. and Tua's promoter, filed a $5 million lawsuit against IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and promoter Shelly Finkel among others – and while the lawsuit is unrelated to Tua, Kushner has stated he will drop the lawsuit if Tua is given a title bout against Klitschko in 2008, which ultimately failed to materialize.[29]

In September 2009, Tua's aunt was killed in the Samoa tsunami. In early October he travelled to Samoa with cousin Va'aiga Tuigamala to see how they could help.[30]

In the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours, Tua was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to youth, boxing and the community,[31] having previously been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to boxing, in the 2001 New Year Honours.[32]

In 1996, Tua was honored by the country of Tuvalu, with a stamp commemorating the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, United States bearing Tua's likeness and name on it.[33]

In popular culture

Professional boxing record

59 fights 52 wins 5 losses
By knockout 43 0
By decision 9 5
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
59 Loss 52–5–2 Alexander Ustinov UD 12 16 Nov 2013 Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, New Zealand For vacant WBA Pan African heavyweight title
58 Loss 52–4–2 Monte Barrett UD 12 13 Aug 2011 TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand Lost WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight titles
57 Win 52–3–2 Demetrice King UD 10 19 Mar 2011 TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
56 Draw 51–3–2 Monte Barrett MD 12 17 Jul 2010 Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Retained WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight titles
55 Win 51–3–1 Friday Ahunanya UD 12 31 Mar 2010 The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand Retained WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight titles
54 Win 50–3–1 Shane Cameron TKO 2 (12), 0:20 3 Oct 2009 Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand Won WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight titles.
53 Win 49–3–1 Cerrone Fox TKO 2 (10), 1:41 7 Sep 2007 Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, US
52 Win 48–3–1 Saúl Montana KO 1 (10), 1:15 18 Aug 2007 South Towne Expo Center, Sandy, Utah, US
51 Win 47–3–1 Robert Hawkins UD 10 22 Feb 2007 Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, US
50 Win 46–3–1 Maurice Wheeler KO 7 (10), 2:48 3 Nov 2006 Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, US
49 Win 45–3–1 Edward Gutierrez KO 4 (10), 2:59 26 Jul 2006 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, US
48 Win 44–3–1 Cisse Salif SD 10 21 Oct 2005 Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, US
47 Win 43–3–1 Talmadge Griffis TKO 10 (10), 2:34 31 Mar 2005 The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
46 Draw 42–3–1 Hasim Rahman SD 12 29 Mar 2003 Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
45 Win 42–3 Russell Chasteen KO 2 (10), 1:41 30 Nov 2002 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
44 Win 41–3 Michael Moorer KO 1 (10), 0:30 17 Aug 2002 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
43 Win 40–3 Fres Oquendo TKO 9 (12), 1:54 13 Apr 2002 Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, New Cumberland, West Virginia, US Won NABF heavyweight title
42 Win 39–3 Garing Lane TKO 8 (10), 2:35 19 Dec 2001 Feather Falls Casino, Oroville, California, US
41 Loss 38–3 Chris Byrd UD 12 18 Aug 2001 Cox Pavilion, Paradise, Nevada, US For USBA heavyweight title
40 Win 38–2 Danell Nicholson KO 6 (12), 0:34 23 Mar 2001 Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, US
39 Loss 37–2 Lennox Lewis UD 12 11 Nov 2000 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US For WBC, IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles
38 Win 37–1 Robert Daniels TKO 3 (12), 0:47 21 Jul 2000 Regent, Las Vegas, Nevada, US Retained IBF Inter-Continental and USBA heavyweight titles
37 Win 36–1 Obed Sullivan KO 1 (12), 0:51 3 Jun 2000 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained IBF Inter-Continental and USBA heavyweight titles
36 Win 35–1 Shane Sutcliffe TKO 2 (10), 1:20 23 Oct 1999 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
35 Win 34–1 Gary Bell TKO 1 (12), 1:19 17 Jul 1999 Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, US Retained USBA heavyweight title
34 Win 33–1 Hasim Rahman TKO 10 (12), 0:35 19 Dec 1998 Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, US Won IBF Inter-Continental and USBA heavyweight titles
33 Win 32–1 Eric Curry TKO 1 (10), 0:43 26 Sep 1998 Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
32 Win 31–1 Nate Tubbs KO 2 (10), 2:12 30 May 1998 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
31 Win 30–1 Cleveland Woods TKO 3 (10) 18 Apr 1998 Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, US
30 Win 29–1 Jeff Wooden MD 10 10 Mar 1998 National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland, US
29 Win 28–1 Jeff Lally TKO 2 (10), 1:04 22 Nov 1997 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
28 Loss 27–1 Ike Ibeabuchi UD 12 7 Jun 1997 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, US Lost WBC International heavyweight title
27 Win 27–0 Oleg Maskaev TKO 11 (12), 1:16 5 Apr 1997 Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Retained WBC International heavyweight title
26 Win 26–0 David Izon TKO 12 (12), 1:54 21 Dec 1996 Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US Retained WBC International heavyweight title
25 Win 25–0 Darroll Wilson KO 1 (12), 3:10 20 Sep 1996 James L. Knight International Center, Miami, Florida, US Retained WBC International heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 Anthony Cooks TKO 1 (10), 2:24 21 Jul 1996 Teamsters Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, US
23 Win 23–0 John Ruiz KO 1 (12), 0:19 15 Mar 1996 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Won WBC International heavyweight title
22 Win 22–0 Bruce Bellocchi TKO 2 (10), 2:39 13 Jan 1996 Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
21 Win 21–0 Mauricio Villegas TKO 6 (10), 2:51 26 Aug 1995 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
20 Win 20–0 Sean Hart UD 8 15 Jul 1995 Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, US
19 Win 19–0 Dan Murphy TKO 5 (10), 0:35 20 May 1995 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
18 Win 18–0 Bruce Bellocchi TKO 1 (10), 3:00 4 Mar 1995 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
17 Win 17–0 Cecil Coffee KO 1 (10), 0:29 9 Dec 1994 ASB Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
16 Win 16–0 Ken Lakusta KO 4 (10) 1 Oct 1994 Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, US
15 Win 15–0 Everton Davis UD 10 13 Aug 1994 The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, US
14 Win 14–0 Lester Jackson UD 8 7 May 1994 Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
13 Win 13–0 Calvin Jones TKO 4 (8) 16 Apr 1994 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US
12 Win 12–0 Bill Corrigan KO 2 (8), 1:17 5 Feb 1994 The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, US
11 Win 11–0 Mike Acey KO 1 (10), 0:56 26 Nov 1993 ASB Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
10 Win 10–0 Krishna Wainwright UD 6 6 Nov 1993 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US
9 Win 9–0 Rick Honeycutt KO 2 (6), 2:12 25 Sep 1993 Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, US
8 Win 8–0 Larry Davis KO 1 (6), 2:18 10 Jul 1993 Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, US
7 Win 7–0 Bruce Johnson TKO 2 (6), 0:44 22 Jun 1993 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
6 Win 6–0 Willie Washington KO 1 (6) 28 May 1993 Houston, Texas, US
5 Win 5–0 Alfredo Nevarez TKO 1 (6), 2:35 23 Mar 1993 HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas, US
4 Win 4–0 Howard Kelly TKO 3 (6) 27 Feb 1993 Showboat Hotel Casino and Bowling Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
3 Win 3–0 Lazaro Almanza TKO 3 (6) 6 Feb 1993 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US
2 Win 2–0 Lorenzo Poole KO 1 (6), 1:08 14 Dec 1992 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, US
1 Win 1–0 Ron Humes KO 1 (4), 0:37 1 Dec 1992 Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia, US

Awards and recognitions


  1. ^ "BoxRec's Annual Ratings: Heavyweight Annuals". BoxRec. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  2. ^ ""Ring Magazine's 100 Greatest Punchers", about.com". Boxing.about.com. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  3. ^ Dettloff, William (9 January 2008). "David Tua's jaw of steel". ESPN. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  4. ^ In a video titled, David Tua Boxing, which was published to YouTube on 21 January 2014, Tua said, "When we first moved into this country, didn't see much of my dad. He use to work long hours. My mom use to work three jobs. I have four brothers for me, and four sisters, and, um, ten other relatives, living with us. So, so, you know, that was always tough. You know, we, we did the best we could, and I guess that's why uh, when I was given the opportunity to do something decent, and become whatever in boxing, the first thing that crossed my mind was to do something for my parents." This quote starts at the 0:55 mark of the video, and the quote ends at the 1:22 mark of the video.
  5. ^ In a video titled, David Tua Boxing, which was published to YouTube on 21 January 2014, Tua said, "I was introduced into boxing by the age of seven through the love of my father. He absolutely loved the sport of boxing. He then introduced the sport into me. He force, and I repeat he forced me to boxing. Maybe, he got beaten up when he was young. Ha ha ha! Ha ha! So he thought oh, I'll teach my son how to fight, but there's not a day that passes that I not grateful, and I'm thankful to my father." This quote starts at the 0:22 mark of the video, and the quote ends at the 0:47 mark of the video.
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  18. ^ "August likely for Cameron v Tua". Home.nzcity.co.nz. 17 December 1994. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  19. ^ Steve Kilgallon (21 July 2010). "David Tua draws fight with Monte Barrett". Stuff. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  20. ^ "Tua confirms next opponent". Television New Zealand. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  21. ^ "David Tua – Boxer". Boxrec.com. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  22. ^ Liam Napier (1 December 2011). "Third David Tua-Monte Barrett bout likely". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  23. ^ Liam Napier (17 November 2013). "Tua's career over after unanimous loss". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  24. ^ Brad, Bad. "David Tua RETIRES: Alexander Ustinov Dominates in New Zealand – Boxing News & Results – RingSide Report". Ringsidereport.com. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  25. ^ Samways, Ana (17 July 2009). "O for Olsen". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  26. ^ George Driver (4 August 2021). "O for goodness sake. New Zealand owes David Tua a grovelling apology". The Spinoff. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  27. ^ 20 things you never knew about Tua. BBC Sport. 3 November 2000.
  28. ^ "David Tua and managers settle". NZ Herald. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  29. ^ Klitschko vs. Tua? Kushner vs. Finkel?
  30. ^ Vaimoana Tapaleao (9 October 2009). "Be strong, have faith, says Tua". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  31. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2019". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 3 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  32. ^ "New Year honours list 2001". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  33. ^ "Stamp: Boxing (Tuvalu) (Summer Olympic Games 1996 - Atlanta) Mi:TV 745,Sn:TV 720,Yt:TV 700,Sg:TV 758". Colnect.com. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
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Sporting positions Regional boxing titles Preceded byJohn Ruiz WBC Internationalheavyweight champion 15 March 1996 – 7 June 1997 Succeeded byIke Ibeabuchi Preceded byHasim Rahman IBF Inter-Continentalheavyweight champion 19 December 1998 – 11 November 2000Failed to win world title VacantTitle next held byTimo Hoffmann USBA heavyweight champion 19 December 1998 – November 2000Vacated VacantTitle next held byChris Byrd Preceded byFres Oquendo NABF heavyweight champion 13 April 2002 – August 2002Vacated VacantTitle next held byElieser Castillo Preceded byShane Cameron WBO Asia Pacificheavyweight champion 3 October 2009 – 13 August 2011 Succeeded byMonte Barrett WBO Orientalheavyweight champion 3 October 2009 – 13 August 2011